Ellen F. Davis, the Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School, has written a companion volume on biblical prophecy to the prestigious Interpretation series of Bible commentaries published by Westminster John Knox Press.

In Biblical Prophecy: Perspectives for Christian Theology, Discipleship, and Ministry published by Westminster John Knox Press in late September, Davis provides a comprehensive interpretation of the prophetic role and word in the Christian scriptures. She outlines five essential features of the prophetic role and then examines seven representations of prophets and prophecies.

Grounded in theology, the book offers instruction and insight for understanding prophecy in Christian tradition and discipleship. It concludes with a discussion of practical matters including the relationship between Christian discipleship and prophetic interpretation, and the role of biblical prophecy in interfaith contexts.

In the book, Davis explores the lives of the ancient prophets of Scripture from Abraham to John of Patmos, and makes their words relevant to readers today.

A faculty member at the Divinity School since 2001, Davis’ interests focus on how biblical interpretation bears on the life of faith communities and their responses to urgent public issues, particularly the environmental crisis and interfaith relations.